Drivetrain Expert Witnesses

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Automotive drivetrain expert witness candidates typically have expertise and backgrounds in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, product design, and/or automotive engineering. Representing the plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation is often called upon to locate an expert witness to support automotive industry matters including cases involving drivetrain technology.

A drivetrain is a group of components that work with the engine to rotate the wheels; these components commonly consist of the transmission, differential, driveshaft, axles, CV joints, and the wheels. Cahn Litigation Services has dealt with drivetrain matters involving heavy equipment, commercial vehicles, diesel mechanics, vehicle design, as well as four wheel drive ATV off road vehicles, to name a few.

Often, matters requiring drivetrain expert witness services involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation, inter partes review in the PTAB, or trade secret disputes. A forensic expert can reverse engineer components to prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. A specialist in drivetrain technology might also provide testimony in a torts matter like personal injury or a product liability case involving vehicle failure analysis, or to assist in collision reconstruction.

Litigation support by an automotive expert with drivetrain expertise could include reverse engineering, accident reconstruction, expert reports, expert opinion, and expert witness testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a professional with prior expert witness experience. An expert witness needs to not only have expertise, an automotive expert witness must possess the ability to explain evidence to a jury. In addition, clients may seek an industry expert for pre-litigation consulting work.

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Drivetrain Expert Witness - Sample Bios

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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Drivetrain experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Drivetrain landscape.

Expert Witness #249398

This expert's career encompasses many years of service to an automobile manufacturer's powertrain engineering and general management functions. This expert has held various engineering positions was appointed Chief Engineer, and ultimately held the position of Director, Transmission Engineering. This expert is now President of the Transmission Division. This expert consults with the automotive industry in the powertrain and alliances areas. This expert has been a member of SAE International for many years and is an SAE Fellow.

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Expert Witness #250772

This expert is Director of the Advanced Vehicle Systems Research Program at a research university. This expert is an expert in automotive drivetrain technology and extensively studies, publishes and teaches on oscillation, vibration and flexure of drivetrains. This expert's primary focus is on electrical and mechanical systems including imbalance issues, and the attendant noise and vibrations that occur, specifically the dynamics and analysis of mechanical vibrations on rotating and linear devices. This expert is a member of the society of Automotive engineers (SAE) and is a registered Professional Engineer. This expert has experience as an expert witness, having testified approximately a dozen times in court, and providing upwards of twenty depositions, primarily in patent matters.

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Expert Witness #237272

This expert is an Electrical Engineer with direct experience in automotive noise, vibration and harshness, including design, testing, and development of related automotive components. Analyses and testing of these components has included dynamometer testing, burke porter testing, test track testing, rough-road and off-road testing, and durability cycling. This expert's analysis was not merely to identify noise and vibrations, but also included testing, modeling, and simulations to best mitigate the NVH concerns. This expert has worked on NVH projects for steering wheel, and steering column components, as well as powertrain, body (such as body mounts), and engine/drivetrain systems. This expert's experience runs the gamut from military to commercial automotive, and has worked as a design engineer for automobile manufacturers and suppliers. This expert has significant intellectual property expert witness experience, having given depositions and trial testimony (as warranted) in PTAB, ITC and District Court proceedings.

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Expert Witness #258974

This expert is a full professor in a Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering. This expert is a licensed engineer and has been actively involved in the design and evaluation of advanced power producing systems for many years. This expert is the director of an Automotive Research Center and the head of a graduate Automotive Engineering program.

This expert has been involved in advanced throttle control fuel injection/combustion systems and was funded by NASA in advanced gas turbine engine fuel injection and combustion systems. Since that time, this expert has also been involved in optimizing fuel, throttle and fuel injection and combustion systems for transportation automotive and trucking applications along with racing applications. This expert has hands on experience in dyno testing of complex throttle and fuel injection systems along with track testing and advanced computational modeling on supercomputing clusters.

This expert has chaired technical sessions for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in exhaust and particulate emissions systems, direct injection spark and compression ignition engines, fuel injection and sprays, HCCI combustion, hybrid electric vehicle powertrains, high efficiency engine concepts, multidimensional engine modeling, on-board diagnostics, fuels and fuel additives, cold start characteristics, engine boosting systems, dual fuel combustion, spark assisted compression ignition combustion and heady duty lubricants. 

Areas of interest are jet and rocket propulsion systems, advanced low pollutant emission, high efficiency combustions systems for advanced aircraft and automotive applications, alternative fuels and renewable energy systems.

This expert has been deposed and testified in court over 60 times as an expert witness involving the design and analysis of advanced Mechanical Engineering systems. Further, this expert has been involved with numerous cases an expert related to intellectual property and patent litigation, including cases with related to engine control and throttle systems.

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